Entries by Aoife Ross

Financial Guidance During a Crisis

During this Covid -19 pandemic, one thing is certain and that is that nothing is certain and stock markets do not like uncertainty. Over the last few weeks, we have witnessed the shortest sharpest shock to the stock market in history. World Equities fell by close to 30% YTD to 23 March 2020. It is […]

Planning for your retirement?

We mean two things when we talk about planning for retirement.  The first plan is to set up a pension scheme, either a personal pension or participation in your employer sponsored occupational pension scheme.  Then you will need to regularly contribute, throughout your working life with the aim of accumulating a pot of money, which […]

Protect your finances – save for the future!

In October this year, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), ran another successful Safety Week. This week each year serves as a reminder about the health and safety of everyone involved in Construction.  The message is ultimately about providing people with all of the relevant information available to enable them to protect themselves. Protecting your finances […]

Is Life Cover Important?

Mortgage Protection Versus Life Cover I frequently get asked this by clients and friends alike…they go on to say “I have mortgage protection anyway, sure that’s the same thing right?” Yes, and No. Mortgage Protection is indeed Life Cover. It will pay off any outstanding balance on your mortgage if you die and it is […]

The Benefits of reading your benefit statement

If you have a pension plan do you read and understand your annual benefit statement? It’s vital to review it as this could unlock some benefits to help your finances. In Milestone Advisory, I spend the majority of my time with clients who are approaching retirement or who have already reached this particular milestone.  This […]

Attracting and Retaining Staff

The “2018 National Skills Bulletin”, published by SOLAS, makes for interesting reading if you are running a company; you need to know what is in store for the labour market in your sector. If you are a parent with kids pondering their choices for the CAO – it is also worth a read.  It may […]

What’s your financial plan for 2019?

This year, it’s time for us all to think about planning for the next 20 years rather than just on the year ahead when it comes to planning for our retirement. At this time each year, I would usually write nine things to do better in 2019 or alternatively, what is the outlook for 2019 […]

At a Glance – Budget 2018

Tax Cuts in 2018 In this year’s budget the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, has announced €1.2 billion in new spending and tax cuts, split on roughly a 2:1 basis in favour of spending. CPAS has reviewed the details of Budget 2018 to provide you with some of the relevant information relating to pensions and […]

Top tip for improving your finances in 2017

Ship Shape In trying to compile my annual top tips for the coming year, I researched far and wide for pearls of wisdom that I might not have already thought of myself….this was my favourite: “Get Your Finances-and Body-in Shape”. One study showed that more exercise leads to higher pay because you tend to be […]